UPDATE 2: The contest has now concluded! Thanks everyone for their entries and RT's. Remember to tune in for the show tonight to see if you've won!
UPDATE: THE CONTEST IS NOW LIVE! Copy and paste the following tweet to enter the contest: "I'm a member of @ThinkAtheist & I want a copy of John Loftus' The End of Christianity http://bit.ly/pgxBD7 #atheism #skepticism #christianity"
Copy and paste the entire tweet between the quotation marks (leave off the quotes). Tweets that are not exact won't be recognized by our tracking and will certainly be missed and therefore can't be considered as entries. Don't miss out because you didn't copy and paste!
Alright, we're at the point now where we can start to release the details of our newest contest! Three Think Atheist members will win a signed copy of Mr. John Loftus's new anthology The End of Christianity. (Amazon, Amazon UK, B&N)
Mr. Loftus is the founder of the fantastic site Debunking Christianity. He has joined us on the show before and joins us again for a short segment on the book. In addition, we have had a few of the other contributors to the book join us, including Valerie Tarico (Trusting Doubt), Robert Price (Incredible Shrinking Son of Man), Richard Carrier (Sense and Goodness Without God), Matt McCormick (Atheism: Proving The Negative), and now Hector Avalos (The End of Biblical Studies), plus we'll be airing our interview with another contributor, Jaco Gericke, soon! Make sure you check out our interviews with them and consider purchasing their books!
The description of The End of Christianity reads as follows:
In this successor volume to his critically acclaimed first anthology, The Christian Delusion: Why Faith Fails, John Loftus—a former minister and now a leading atheist spokesperson—has assembled a stellar group of respected scholars to continue the critique of Christianity begun in the first volume. The contributors include Victor Stenger, Robert Price, Hector Avalos, Richard Carrier, Keith Parsons, David Eller, and others. Loftus is the author of Why I Became an Atheist: A Former Preacher Rejects Christianity. Taken together, the Loftus trilogy poses formidable challenges to claims for the rationality of the Christian faith.
The first part considers the wildly improbable nature of basic Christian tenets; the lack of agreement among diverse Christian sects regarding the essential Christian message; and a counter argument to the popular Christian claim that it was incredible that the Christian faith arose if it wasn't true in the first place.
The second part analyzes the role of ancient Near Eastern myth in the creation of the Bible, revealing that the image of God depicted there is a projection of evolving human needs during the Iron Age beginning with polytheism.
In the third part, the contributors critique the Christian doctrines of the atonement, hell, and the resurrection.
The final part considers the incompatibility of religion and science, reviews claims for intelligent design and life after death, and advances the proposition that science can help discover morality.
Students and scholars with an interest in the philosophy of religion will find this compilation of incisive critical essays to be intellectually stimulating and deeply thought provoking.
Here are the contest details:
1) The contest is open to members of Think Atheist with a Twitter account. Create one now so that you're prepared ahead of time for the contest.
2) The contest will be held 9AM Friday August 5th to 12PM Sunday August 7th. (All times are Eastern US. Here's a timezone converter for those in other timezones around the world.)
3) You will be considered to have entered the contest when, as a Think Atheist member, you take to Twitter between the hours of 9AM Friday August 5th and 12PM Sunday August 7th to follow Think Atheist on Twitter and tweet a specific phrase. UPDATE: The contest entering tweet is: "I'm a member of @ThinkAtheist & I want a copy of John Loftus' The End of Christianity http://bit.ly/pgxBD7 #atheism #skepticism #christianity" Copy and paste it to be sure you get it right and therefore to be sure your entry counts! Create your Twitter account, join Think Atheist if you're not already a member. Get tweeting!
4) One entry per person. Multiple entries will not count and may result in your being excluded from the contest entirely!
5) At the conclusion of the contest we will randomly draw 3 numbers corresponding to 3 entries. Winners will be announced on the Think Atheist Radio Show on August 7th beginning at 5PM Pacific/8PM Eastern*. Make sure you tune in to the show to see if you've won! (Remember, if you can't listen live you can listen to the show from the archive at any time immediately following its having aired live!) *Should any of the chosen entrants not be verified as Think Atheist members and as followers of Think Atheist on Twitter we will then randomly select another entrant. This will continue until such time as we have 3 verified Think Atheist members/Think Atheist Twitter followers as winners.
6) Winners MUST contact Nelson by emailing Nelson@iThinkAtheist.com with their address, a link to their Think Atheist profile page, and a link to their Twitter within 48 hours of the announcement of the winners to be eligible to receive their prize.** Upon verification of their eligibility as Think Atheist members and Twitter followers of Think Atheist we will take the shipping addresses of the winners and forward them to the publisher. All costs of shipping the book will be handled at no cost to the winners, whether a winner is within or without the US.
**IF YOU DO NOT CONTACT NELSON AT NELSON@ITHINKATHEIST.COM WITHIN 48 HOURS TO CLAIM YOUR PRIZE YOU WILL FORFEIT THE PRIZE AND ANOTHER WINNER WILL BE CHOSEN. THIS WILL GO ON UNTIL WE HAVE 3 CONFIRMED WINNERS THAT HAVE CLAIMED THEIR PRIZE
So there you go everyone! Thanks to Prometheus Books and Mr. Loftus for being so gracious! Create your Twitter profile. Join Think Atheist! Get ready!
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That it works in twitter, for whatever reason, makes it a non-issue, but the objective reality I'm pointing out is that there are 141 characters. If you want to take the stance that there are 140 because twitter tells you so, go right ahead.
Twitter counts # & @ as letters. You can check that for yourself. As for your openoffice writer telling you its 141 characters, well here is a screenshot of my gedit showing it to be 140 characters.
Take it easy guys. I appreciate both of you guys trying to help. in the end, because it doesn't appear as if Twitter cares even if it is the case that some character counters want to call the tweet 141, John is right; it doesn't matter. call it a quirk. if it's not keeping people from tweeting, who cares, right?
but thanks to both of you for exploring what may or may not be going on. again, i appreciate it.
I appreciate what Nelson said. I'm sorry Akshay for being sarcastic over such an inconsequential thing.
Okay... I copied it into my twitter, and it was 141 characters, too. In order to make it fit, I had to remove the "http://" part of the URL. And if you look at the tweets with all three hashtags for the contest, everyone is doing that.
And I took screenshots to prove it:
This is it showing as 141 characters and not letting me post it on Twitter.com:
Here's how other's seem to be posting it:
that's not accurate. when you paste the link into Twitter it automatically chops the http off. look at your tweet. it's not a link. it's dead. you can't click it. look at everyone else's contest entering tweets. theirs are links. you can click them. that's because you cut off the http instead of letting Twitter do it itself.
they're not cutting off the http. they're just copying and pasting the tweet.
But Twitter won't let me post it... at all. It says I have 1 too many characters, and so the post button is grayed out.
Huh... I switched over to the new Twitter and it let me post it. Why the difference between the old and new Twitter? (And for the record, I HATE the new Twitter.)
it looks like you just tweeted it and it worked. what did you do then that you weren't able to do before?
I edited my post. I was using the old Twitter (which I now officially miss). I switched over to the new Twitter and it let me post it.
I don't get it...
that's weird. but good to know. if someone else (so far it's just been you and John to mention it) has a problem i'll suggest switching from the old to the new as a possible fix.
Yeah. That's what seems to be the fix.
I don't think I can overstate how much I don't like the new Twitter, though... :(